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Transport for London told to ramp up accessibility improvement work

Transport for London (TfL) must increase its urgency and focus on making accessibility improvements for passengers with reduced mobility, according to the London Assembly Transport Committee.

In its response to TfL’s accessibility proposals, the Committee said it recognised budgetary pressures but urged TfL to target investment at low cost measures such as manual ramps, upgrading pedestrian crossings, and better bus driver training.

The committee said step free access and other accessibility measures were falling short of the growing need for them. Areas with a high population of mobility impaired passengers should be prioritised, as should interchange stations, the Committee said.

At present, only around one quarter of Tube stations and a third of London’s rail stations have step-free access from street level to platform, and only half of all bus stops are fully accessible. The Committee said TfL must address this shortfall “as quickly as its funding allows”. 

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